2 TONE RECORDS: records played

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Our thanks to John Walmsley for a fantastic night of music and stories all drawn from the 2 Tone label. After starting with a selection of 45s that were all in the top 40 the week The Specials (and 2 Tone) first hit the charts, John took us through the ‘rise and demise’ of the short-lived but hugely influential label, with a mix of A sides, B sides, album tracks and live cuts from The Specials (and variants of, including their pre-fame incarnation The Coventry Automatics), Madness, The Selecter, The Beat, Elvis Costello, The Bodysnatchers and The Apollinaires. You can listen back to all the 2 Tone records played here (or click the player at the bottom of this post).

We’ll be back on Thursday 14th June for PSYCHEDELIC SOUL, full details soon.

A very Specials night of Two Tone at from I was tempted to dance at several moments but thankfully thought better of it. Timeless music, great to hear it played loud on those speakers.

Great night with giving us the insight to the rise and fall of Two Tone records

Great night great tunes. brought back so many memories. Thanks John & Simon.

Brilliant night Thanks toe tappingly brilliant

Fabulous 2 Tone night on Thursday  really enjoyed myself, brought back some good memories. Thanks John.


RECORDS PLAYED

A selection of top 40 singles from the week ‘Gangsters’ by The Special AKA first entered the charts (28 July 1979)

Teena Marie – I’m Just A Sucker For Your Love (Motown)
Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? (Beggars Banquet)
Squeeze – Up The Junction (A&M Records)
Undertones – Here Comes The Summer (Sire Records)
Blondie – Sunday Girl (Chrysalis)
Buzzcocks – Harmony In My Head (United Artists)
Sex Pistols – C’Mon Everybody (Virgin)
The Knack – My Sharona (Capitol)
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (Ensign)

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The Coventry Automatics – Rock And Roll Nightmare (from Dawning Of A New Era, Free Range Product, 2018)
The Specials – It’s Up To You (from Live At The Moonlight Club, TT 5011, 1992)
The Special A.K.A. – Gangsters/The Selecter – The Selecter (TT1, TT2, 1979)
Madness – The Prince (TT3, 1979)
The Selecter – On My Radio (TT 4, 1979)
The Beat – Tears Of A Clown (TT 6, 1979)
Specials – Do The Dog/Stupid Marriage (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Special A.K.A – Too Much Too Young (live) (TT7, 1980)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down (TT 7, 1980)

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The Bodysnatchers – Easy Life (live)/The Specials – Nite Klub (live) (from Dance Craze, TT 5004, 1981)
The Specials – Stereotypes/Stereotypes Part 2 (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
The Specials ‎– Ghost Town (TT 17, 1981)
The Apollinaires – Envy The Love (TT 22, 1982)
The Special AKA ‎– Nelson Mandela (TT 26, 1984)
Rhoda with The Special A.K.A – The Boiler (TT 18, 1982)
The Special AKA – What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (from In The Studio, TT 5008, 1984)
The Specials – Enjoy Yourself/Pearl’s Cafe (from More Specials, TT 5003, 1980)
Specials – You’re Wondering Now (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)
The Specials – Why?/Friday Night, Saturday Morning (from Ghost Town 12″, TT 1217)
Specials – A Message To You Rudy (from Specials, TT 5001,1979)


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AN EVENING OF THE FALL: Records Played

Across the country in the last few weeks, in the back rooms of pubs and in small independent venues, people have been finding their own ways to commemorate the life and genius of Mark E Smith, play his music and share stories. Defiantly single-minded and fiercely independent to the end, this is how he deserves to be remembered, with DIY celebrations organised by those who loved his music.

And in a packed Glossop Labour Club, that’s exactly what we did, with the help of Gavin, Darren and Steve and several piles of records. With personal recollections and readings from a few choice books about Smith and The Fall, between them they managed to navigate 40 years of music – from the first EP to the last LP – each track and every tale reminding us why (despite or because of?) they were such a unique band. We were also lucky enough to welcome two ex-members – Simon Wolstencroft (drums 1986-1997) and Ben Pritchard (guitar 2001-2006) – who really brought to life what it was like to be in The Fall and work with Mark E Smith.

It’s a night we won’t forget.

Thanks to Gavin, Darren and Steve for putting this session together and also to Funky Si and Ben for being so generous with their time and stories.

Listen to some of the music played here or on the player at the end of this post.

 
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RECORDS PLAYED

GAVIN’S SELECTION (1978-1982)
Repetition (Bingo-Master’s Break-Out! EP, Step-Forward Records, 1978)
No Xmas For J. Quay (live) (Totale’s Turns (It’s Now Or Never), Rough Trade, 1980)
Printhead (Dragnet, Step-Forward Records, 1979)
Jawbone and the Air-Rifle (Hex Enduction Hour, Kamera Records, 1982)
Fit and Working Again (In: Palace Of Swords Reversed, Rough Trade, 1981)

DARREN’S SELECTION (1984-1988)
No Bulbs (458489 A Sides, Beggars Banquet, 1984)
My New House (This Nation’s Saving Grace, Beggars Banquet, 1985)
Living Too Late (Living Too Late, Beggars Banquet, 1986)
Hey! Luciani (John Leckie version) (Sounds Showcase 1 EP, Sounds, 1987)
Athlete Cured (The Frenz Experiment, Beggars Banquet, 1988)
Big New Prinz (Jerusalem/Big New Prinz, Beggars Banquet, 1988)

STEVE’S SELECTION (1999-2015)
Touch Sensitive (The Marshall Suite, Artful Records, 1999)
Dr Buck’s Letter (The Unutterable, Eagle Records, 2000)
Contraflow (The Real New Fall LP (formerly Country On The Click), Action Records, 2003)
Blindness (Fall Heads Roll, Slogan Records, 2005)
Dedication Not Medication (Sub-Lingual Tablet, Cherry Red, 2015)

Extricate (Cog Sinister, 1990)
First Half – Subjective, As Usual
Sing! Harpy / I’m Frank / Bill Is Dead / Black Monk Theme Part 1 / Popcorn Double Feature
Second Half – Objective, Unusual
Telephone Thing / Hilary / Chicago, Now! / The Littlest Rebel / And Therein…

Fol De Rol (New Facts Emerge, Cherry Red ,2017)



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BEST OF 2017 – Records Played

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It was great to see a very busy labour club for our review of 2017 with Darren and Tom. Picking out their favourite tracks from a selection of albums, it was a well balanced mix of familiar and unknown names and of course all from vinyl of many different colours!

There was also time to fit in a few tracks from other people’s fave records of the year too. Thanks to all who came and especially to Darren and Tom who had the tough job of choosing what to play and what to leave out. Full list of records played is below. Listen to highlights here.

Here are a few post-session comments from the land of Twitter.

We’re back on December 14th for our annual Christmas Social complete with music quiz, some choice tunes from the Charity Shop Classics team and Vinyl Secret Santa. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

(DB – Darren, TL – Tom)

Alvvays – Plimsoll Punks (from Antisocialites, Transgressive Records) (DB)

LCD Soundsystem – Other Voices (from American Dream, DFA) (TL)

Jen Cloher – Analysis Paralysis (from Jen Cloher, Milk! Records) (DB)

Arcade Fire – Everything Now (from Everything Now, Sonovox Records) (TL)

Menace Beach – Give Blood (from Lemon Memory, Memphis Industries) (DB)

Everything Everything – Run The Numbers (from A Fever Dream, RCA Victor) (TL)

This Is The Kit – Bullet Proof/Hotter Colder/Moonshine Freeze (from Moonshine Freeze, Rough Trade) (DB)

Sleaford Mods – Big Trouble In Little Costa (7″, Rough Trade) (TL)

Sleaford Mods – Army Nights/Just Like We Do (from English Tapas, Rough Trade) (TL)

Oh Sees – Nite Expo (from Orc, Castle Face) (DB)

The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By (from V, Wolf Tone) (TL)

Idles – Well Done/Mother (from Brutalism, Balley Records) (DB)

Aidan Baker with Claire Brentnall ‎- Delirious Things (from Delirious Things, Pleasence Records/Gizeh) (TL)

TOM’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Future Islands – Time On Her Side/Ran/Beauty on the Road (from The Far Field, 4AD) (TL)

DARREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Jane Weaver – H>A>K/Did You See Butterflies?/Loops In The Secret Society (from Modern Kosmology, Fire Records) (DB)

Liima – Life Is Dangerous (from 1982, City Slang) (TL)

ALSO PLAYED

Timber Timbre – Velvet Gloves & Spit/Grifting/Skin Tone/Moment (from Sincerely, Future Pollution, City Slang)
The Left Outsides – Cry Of The Hunter/One Step At A Time/Into The Deep (from There Is A Place, Cardinal Fuzz)
Pye Corner Audio – The Spiral/Descent/It Is Real (from The Spiral EP, Death Waltz Originals)
Primus – The Scream (from The Desaturating Seven, ATO Records)
Nadine Shah – Holiday Destination (from Holiday Destination, 1965 Records)
Gilroy Mere – Dunroamin’ (from The Green Line, Clay Pipe Music)


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ENGLISH WEATHER: records played 

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A good roomful for record club. English Weather went down a um… storm!

In a break from our single artist album tradition, this record club session saw us playing a various artists compilation album for the first time. A double album at that! With autumn upon us and the nights drawing in,  October was the perfect month for Ace Records’ English Weather collection, expertly compiled and sequenced by Saint Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs. The big hit of the night was Daevid Allen’s Wise Man In Your Heart, originally released in 1976 but still sounding like it’s been beamed in from the future.

Throughout the night (before, in between and after English Weather) we also got the chance to play Insane Times, a collection of British psych from the EMI vaults that could’ve almost been a prequel to our main album.

There’s no highlights podcast this month, but you can buy English Weather direct from Ace Records, and you might be able to track down Insane Times on the net somewhere (it was a Record Store Day 2017 release).

We’ll be back on Thursday 9th November when Darren and Tom will be taking us through some of their favourite releases of 2017. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather (Ace Records, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Caravan – Love Song With Flute / The Roger Webb Sound – Moon Bird / The Parlour Band – Early Morning Eyes / Scotch Mist – Pamela / Spring – The Prisoner (Eight By Ten)
SIDE TWO: The Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / T2 – JLT / Bill Fay – ‘Til The Christ Come Back / Van Der Graaf Generator – Refugees / Aardvark – Very Nice Of You To Call

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SIDE THREE: John Cale – Big White Cloud / Belle Gonzalez – Bottles / The Way We Live – Watching White Stars / Offspring – Windfall / Camel – Never Let Go
SIDE FOUR: Daevid Allen – Wise Man In Your Heart / Matching Mole – O Caroline / Prelude – Edge Of The Sea / Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw – Evening Shade

Insane Times (21 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From Parlophone And Associated Labels) (Parlophone, 2017)

SIDE ONE: Kevin Ayers – Song For Insane Times / July – Dandelion Seed / Tomorrow – Real Life Permanent Dream / Mandrake Paddle Steamer – Strange Walking Man / The Gods  – Towards The Skies
SIDE TWO: The Penny Peeps – Model Village / The Idle Race – Hurry Up John / Orange Bicycle – Last Cloud Home / Jon – Is It Love? / The Brain – Nightmares In Red
SIDE THREE: Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band – Equestrian Statue / Rainbow Ffolly – Sun Sing / Simon Dupree And The Big Sound Castle In The Sky / Tales Of Justine – Monday Morning / The Hollies – All The World Is Love / The Aerovons – World Of You
SIDE FOUR: The Lemon Tree – William Chalker’s Time Machine / The Parking Lot – World Spinning Sadly / Herbal Mixture – Please Leave My Mind / The Koobas – Barricades / The Yardbirds – Think About It

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THE SOUNDS OF 1967: records played

Lights courtesy of Matt

RECORDS PLAYED

Various Artists – Hit ’67 (Stax, 1967)

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SIDE ONE: Sam & Dave – Soul Man/Otis Redding – Let Me Come On Home/Carla Thomas – Something Good (Is Gonna Happen To You)/Eddie Floyd – Things Getting Better/Booker T & The MG’s – Groovin’/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Knock On Wood

SIDE TWO: William Bell Eloise (Hang On In There)/Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp/Bar-Kays Soul Finger/Otis Redding – Glory Of Love/Booker T & The MG’s – Hip Hug-her/Sam & Dave – Soothe Me

Simon’s 10 from ’67

The Bonzo Dog Band – The Intro And The Outro (from ‘Gorilla’, Liberty, 1967)
The Pink Floyd – Astronomy Domine (from ‘The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, Columbia, 1967)
David Bowie – She’s Got Medals (from ‘David Bowie’, Deram, 1967)
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much (from ‘Yellow Submarine’, Apple, 1969, recorded 1967)
The Rolling Stones – 2000 Light Years From Home (from ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’, Decca, 1967)
The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (from ‘The Bee Gees 1st’, Polydor, 1967)
The Move – I Can Hear The Grass Grow (7″, Deram, 1967)
The Troggs – Night Of The Long Grass (7″, Page One, 1967)
The Kinks – Waterloo Sunset (7″, Pye, 1967)
The Small Faces – Tin Soldier (7″, Immediate, 1967)

INTERVAL

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The Hollies – King Midas In Reverse (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The Who – Pictures Of Lily (7″, Track Records, 1967)
Cream – Strange Brew (from ‘Disraeli Gears’, Reaction, 1967)
R. Dean Taylor – There’s A Ghost In My House (7″, Tamla Motown, 1967)
The Doors – The Crystal Ship (from ‘The Doors’, Elektra, 1967)
The Who – Armenia City In The Sky (from ‘Sell Out’, Track Records, 1967)
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (7″, RCA, 1967)

Thanks to Penny for the show-stealing white rabbit!

MEMBERS’ PICKS

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Love – Alone Again Or (from ‘Forever Changes’, Elektra, 1967)
Spencer Davis Group – I’m A Man (7″, Fontana, 1967)
as chosen by Gavin

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band ‎– Dropout Boogie (from ‘Safe As Milk’, Buddah Records, 1967)
as chosen by Darren

The Kinks – David Watts/Death Of A Clown (from ‘Something Else’, Pye, 1967)
as chosen by Scotty

Esther & Abi Ofarim ‎– Cinderella Rockefella (7″, Philips, 1967)
The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday (7″, RCA, 1967)
as chosen by Penny

FEATURED ALBUM
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Jingle (from ‘Radio One’, Castle, 1989)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (Track Records, 1967)

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SIDE ONE: Foxy Lady/Manic Depression/Red House/Can You See Me/Love Or Confusion
SIDE TWO: I Don’t Live Today/May This Be Love/Fire/3rd Stone From The Sun/Remember/Are You Experienced

ENCORE
The Beach Boys – Vegetables (from ‘Smiley Smile’, Capitol, 1967)
The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (7″, Parlophone, 1967)
The King Brothers ‎- The Tupperware Brigade (from ‘There’s No Business – Like Our Business’ EP, 1967)

Listen to highlights here or click the player below.

 


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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED – music played

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With a multitude of formats – 7″, 12″, CD, cassette, even streaming from a phone – and armed with photos, press clippings, gig posters and set lists, it was a record club session like no other. All the music played was made by the people there. And my! What a talented bunch!

It was great to hear not only the music, but also hear the stories behind the songs, how bands were formed and evolved, how songs were written and recorded and what became of those bands. Tales of euphoria and disappointment with no inbetween. For one night we came together, shared our dreams and remembered when opportunity knocked.

Listen to highlights here or click the player at the bottom of this post.

Also in the ‘music played’ list below are links to listen and/or buy/download some of the music played.

Huge thanks to Scott, Mark, Paul, Aidan, Steve M, Lyn, Matt, Gavin, Martin, Darren, Steve R, Jim and Scotty for bringing the tunes and telling their stories. And thanks to everyone else for coming and listening.

The dream is never over!

A few comments from the world of social media:

Great night listening to the home-made sounds from

Digging out my old music for ‘s “Opportunity Knocked” tonight has been brilliant.

loved tonights Rec club.Hearing of peoples hopes & dreams behind the tunes.Rec Club with peoples tales are the best for me.Another classic night.Thanks.

Thank you for giving us all the opportunity, really enjoyed it.

Top night. Great to listen to nuggets of people’s work. A lot of talent around and a great insight into misspent youth.

What a talented lot! Loved hearing all the fab songs and stories, thanks for a great evening

Very enjoyable night and me picking up the wrong tape meant you didn’t get to hear my vocals on the Crying Shame demo – win/win

What a brilliant mix of music & anecdotes!

Don’t forget, no record club in August but we’ll be back on Thursday 14th September for The Sounds of 1967. See you then!


MUSIC PLAYED

 

Wasting Asset – Total Desolation (rehearsal tape)
Four Small Custards – I Can Put My Bus Pass On My Chin
Wasting Asset – Laughing (live)/I Get The Shivers
Butter – I Adore You
Stanley – Got A Feeling (live)/Harrison (demo)
The Bacillus – Power Of Fear/I Can’t Adapt To This Prison You Call Society
The Soil Brothers – Crawdad Hole
One For Whitney – Presley’s Used Car Lot
Big Bad Squares – I’m Left Wondering
The Bellis – Or What
Grrr! – Truculent Galoshes
The Professionals – Starstruck
Frantic – Goodbye/Dummy Too Real
16 Tambourines – How Green Is Your Valley?
eaststrikewest – With One Last Breath
The Trend – Cool Johnny/Polly And Wendy/I Don’t Anymore
Suburban Daze – Suburban Daze


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HERE COME THE GIRLS Classic American Girl Groups – Records Played

A big, big thank you to Bernie for a brilliant record club, exploring the origins and development of classic American girl groups from the 1940s through to the golden age of the 1960s, Phil Spector and Motown with  a top selection of records. The list was whittled down from over 60, down to 30, of which we got through about two thirds.

It was also fascinating to hear Bernie’s recollections of being a teenager in Glossop in the early 1960s, where he bought his records, what there was to do around town and beyond, plus tales of travels and work in Belgium, Spain and Germany, encounters with American soldiers and the Vietnam war. The records were only half the story for this session!

You can listen to all the records Bernie played here or by clicking the player at the bottom of the page.

A few comments from the world of Facebook and Twitter

Brilliant Club tonight. Sixties girl groups and reminiscence of life in Glossop back in the day.

Really enjoyed Bernie’s records & recollections. Had me in stitches. Also poignant stories how Spain changed & of friendships with black G.I.s.

One of the best. Really good night

Don’t forget, due to the general election there’s no record club in June, but we’ll be back on Thursday 13th July for OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED. Details soon.


RECORDS PLAYED

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The Andrews Sisters – Shoo Shoo Baby (from The Andrews Sisters In Hifi, Capitol, 1956, orig. 1943)
The Chordettes – Born To Be With You (London Records, 1956)
Patience & Prudence – Get Along Without You Now (1956)
The Chantels – Maybe (1957)
The Teddy Bears – Don’t You Worry My Little Pet/To Know Him Is To Love Him (London, 1958)
The Shirelles – I Met Him On A Sunday (from Golden Hour Of The Shirelles, Pye, 1973, orig. 1958)
The Fleetwoods – Mr Blue (Top Rank, 1958)
The Shirelles – Mama Said (Top Rank, 1961)
The Pony-Tails – Born Too Late (HMV, 1958)
Kathy Young & The Innocents – A Thousand Stars (Top Rank, 1961)

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The Crystals – He’s A Rebel (London, 1962)
The Crystals – Da Doo Ron Ron (London, 1963)
The Ronettes – Be My Baby (London, 1963)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah (London, 1962)
Bob B. Soxx And The Blue Jeans – Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Hearts (London, 1963)
The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love (Tamla Motown, 1965)
Martha and the Vandellas – Dancing In The Street (Stateside, 1964)
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Saying Something (Tamla Motown, 1964)
The Shangri-Las – Long Live Our Love (Red Bird, 1966)
The Shangri-Las – Past Present Future (from Golden Hits Of The Shangri-Las, Philips, orig. 1966)


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